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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The famous 1961 incident involving Betty & Barney Hill is probably the single best-known case of alien abduction in world history. It's still important because of the sheer quantity of supporting physical and circumstantial evidence, the large number of investigators both official and unofficial who looked into every aspect with great thoroughness over the years and the unimpeachable character and reputation of the Hills.

I intentionally read John Fuller's much earlier book `The Interrupted Journey' before reading `Captured' even after meeting the authors in person and getting a signed copy of the book. For the reader not overly familiar with the subject, 'Captured' is the better of the two so if you are interested in learning about this case and have limited time, this is the one you should choose.

In 300 superbly written and information-packed pages, Kathy and Stan reveal a lot more hitherto unpublished detail. They fill in the gaps about Betty and Barney's lives previous and subsequent to the incident. The precise time-line of the journey from Montreal back to Portsmouth on 19 September 1961 is meticulously reconstructed and some previous unknowns and misconceptions are put right. They go into a lot more depth about people associated with investigating the original case - particularly US Air Force personnel - many not even mentioned in Fuller's 1966 book. Astronomer Marjorie Fish's hypothesis of the famous `Star Map' (not in Fuller's book at all) which gave birth to the idea that the ETs may originate from the Zeta Reticuli binary star system gets its own chapter, as does the scientific analysis of the strange material on Betty's dress following the abduction. The book charts Betty's life right up to her death in 1995, her life-long interest in the phenomenon awakened by the paradigm-shifting 1961 experience and her search for answers about its reality.

As you would expect from any book with which Stan Friedman is associated the text is thoroughly annotated, the approach rigorously scientific, photographs of supporting documents abound and the usual meticulous attention to detail is always evident. A chapter (though a short one) is devoted to dealing with the ignorance of debunkers. Kathy is however the principle author: her writing is excellent and literate throughout, and she paints a comprehensive warts-and-all portrait of her reluctant-celebrity aunt which even readers familiar with the case who have already read Fuller's book will find illuminating.

Recommended.
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on 3 October 2013
I think that Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience, is one of the key published, written works about Mr. & Mrs. Hill's experiences, along with the reports entitled A Dramatic Encounter in the White Mountains, N. H., September 19 - 20, 1961, dated 26 October 1961, and A Dramatic UFO Encounter in the White Mountains, New Hampshire - The Hill Case - September 19-20, 1961, dated 30 August 1965 both by Mr. Walter N. Webb and available on the NICAP website, the book The Interrupted Journey: Two Lost Hours Aboard A Flying Saucer, by Mr. John G. Fuller, published in 1966, and An Analysis of the Fish Model, by Mr. Walter N. Webb, in the book Encounters with UFO occupants (A Berkley medallion book), by Mrs. Coral and Mr. Jim Lorenzen, published in 1976.

I was especially interested to read how a non-hypnotic cognitive interview technique was later used to obtain additional information from Mrs. Hill about her encounter, and the detailed information provided concerning two investigators who were apparently employees of IBM. These investigators evidently had previous experience, of similar reports to Mr. & Mrs. Hill's, because they asked specific questions including about the distances, trip time, and the average speed at which Mr. & Mrs. Hill had been driving during their journey, what occurred between two sets of beeping sounds that they heard, whether any new item they had purchased recently was missing, about their dog's behaviour, and whether the Hills were carrying any "nitrates" in their car (there was in fact a bag of bone meal fertiliser in the car's trunk (boot)).

We can speculate whether the aliens who abducted Mr. & Mrs. Hill were already aware of the possibility of disease transmission via particular fertilisers, and about what this might imply for subsequent reports of animals being stolen, mutilated, or abducted temporarily by aliens or their surrogates before being returned, etc.

It may be worthwhile trying to obtain even more information about these investigators, but to date I have only accessed a paper that is attributed to them entitled An Historic Report On Life In Space: Tesla, Marconi, Todd, by C. D. Jackson and R. E. Hohmann, International Business Machines Corp., Kingston, New York, 2730-62, American Rocket Society, 17th Annual Meeting and Space Flight Exposition, Los Angeles, California, November 13 - 18, 1962.

I realise that this brief review only touches on a very little of the extensive information provided in this book, which is essential reading for anyone interested in the activities of what seem to be non-human visitors to the Earth, in relation to human beings. This review is based on a printed paper format version of the book that is copyright 2007.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2009
In the early 1970's public interest in UFO's had almost waned. These days any mention of UFO's (let alone Alien Abduction) is generally greeted with dismissive ridicule, largely thanks to disinformation put out by UK and USA governments during the 1980's, in response to resurgent public interest in the topic following "discoveries" made by ufologist researchers and the government documents they unearthed (containing details of crash UFO recoveries) under the then new Freedom of Information Act.
This book takes the reader back to different simpler times, a less cynical and maybe more naive public but nevertheless with murky political/military "dark forces" in the background.
These days any claims of Alien Abduction are usually seen as the ravings of country hicks from smallville American pursuing their fifteen minutes of fame. Betty and Barney Hill were an American married couple who rose to fame after they claimed to have been abducted by extraterrestrials on September 19-20, 1961. However, they were seeking neither fame nor fortune nor were they typical country hicks. The Hills were a mixed race couple at a time in America when that was unusual.
Barney was employed by the U.S. Postal Service, while Betty was a social worker. Both were active in a Unitarian congregation and were community leaders. Barney sat on a local board of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. In short, in view of their status in the society, they had more to lose than gain by going public with their claim. In fact it took great courage and integrity in permitting their traumatic experience and its later investigation to become public at all.
The authors of Captured! Stanton T. Friedman, a nuclear physicist, is also regarded as the "Godfather of Modern Ufology", Kathleen Marden is Betty's niece and as trustee of her estate has all of the Hill's papers and correspondence from which this book draws upon.
I for one would not doubt its sincerity or scientific methodology but the book concentrates too heavily on debunking the debunkers for my liking - it interrupts the flow. Others will probably appreciate the authors taking on the skeptics, detail for detail, who attacked the case - just how could a woman with no knowledge of astronomy know the positions of stars in constellations, from the perspective of outer space looking back at Earth!, that could only be detected by the world's most powerful telescopes some four years later?
Order yourself a copy of Captured! see if you can come up with any answers!
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on 13 July 2013
Captured -The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience is sensational in its subject matter as it outlines the famous incident that occurred in the early 1960's. However it is also an academic account of the evidence and portrayal of the people and events pertaining to the case. The sheer quantity of physical and circumstantial evidence alongside the character and reputation of the Hills shines through in this book. This is not the first book about the case but it is the first factually correct book about the case, and thus the most significant. The first book was fictionalized in parts, and in other parts clearly erroneous. If you are into UFO research this is the starting point and a must read, if not for the correction of the non-academic book then for the significance of this unique case. This book is packed with previous unpublished detail and a wonderful awe-inspiring read from start to finish.

E.A. James Swagger, Author of `The Newgrange Sirius Mystery', & `The Megalith Acoustic Mystery'.
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on 7 October 2014
An extremely fascinating account of the experience the Hills stated they underwent. Having read the book in my opinion something profound did take place. The evidence and structure of narrative are very good and you have to wonder why anybody would want to draw attention to themselves in this way. Given the period in which it took place for a diverse couple like the Hills in 1960's USA. Read it if only to contextualise the events and its participants.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2009
Much has been written about this very famous couple and much of it must be said is garbage. This volume by two people who actually knew Betty & Barney, researcher and Nuclear Physicist Stanton Freidman and a direct family member in Betty's niece Kathleen Marden.

Together they cover the various points and arguments made against the Hills claims and provide new insight into the experiences and traumas of the incident.

This book is very rich in detail and I would advise anyone interested in this most unusual of phenomena (UFOs) to pickup this book.
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on 5 January 2013
This was a solid book with some intriguing facts regarding this famous abduction case. I did find that at times it did waffle slightly about things that did not require that much detail. It also disappointed me that other aspects such as the earrings reappearing were not covered in more detail. Still a solid and well researched piece of writing.
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on 13 May 2013
I read this in conjunction with listening to the hypnotises session with barney which you can get on youtube and I think it gives a new dimension to the book. If you are researching this as It hink everyone should then this is the daddy and mummy of cases and si required reading.
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on 13 August 2013
Very interesting reading
Well written Makes you think. Are
We Alone.
Stanton friedmans research is exhaustive. Trying too find another reason for Betty and Barneys experience
But....his conclusions. Certainly have me converted. 5 stars. !!!
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on 2 June 2013
Fantastic read. Told in words that the everyday person would use. Totally believe their story. Pity our technology was not advanced to carry out the testing that we could do today.
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